Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Book Review: Called to Controversy

The story of Moishe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus, conversion to Christianity from Judaism. This account is written by his daughter Ruth Rosen.

I really enjoyed reading about his family upbringing and tales from his life growing up. One summer he joined the National Guard without telling his parents and was almost deployed until his father found out letting the base know Moishe was underage and should never have been allowed to sign up.

The telling of his bar mitzvah was rather sad since there was no big party for him due to the lack of money in his family. His father was highly disappointed in his conversion even going so far as to deny him, declaring him dead to the family. Moishe gives his father credit though for doing what he feels he is supposed to do according to the Jewish religion.

His wife, Ceil, also came from a painful experience in her childhood of losing her birth father and being split from her twin brother due to an adoption. The adoptive family basically tricked the father into signing his rights away after her mother passed. There was a re-uniting much later but also another loss in Ceil's life once she converted to Christianity. Ceil and Moishe seemed to have been created to be together and once they started dating they just accepted that marriage was the future. It is a very sweet story of love and commitment.

Re-counting the founding of Jews for Jesus and the struggles, stereotyping, and lack of understanding Moishe saw in the evangelical Christian church gives a strong lesson to missions minded Christians regarding the importance of understanding the culture being reached.

This book was provided to me in exchange for my opinion. This is 100% my own opinion.

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